Movie Review: The Watch

Movie Review: The Watch

The Watch


Rated R for some strong sexual content including references,
pervasive language and violent images.
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But, when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens – posing as ordinary suburbanites – they have no choice but to save their neighborhood – and the world – from total extermination.

A Mash-Up of Alien Movies

The trailers remotely peaked my interest for this Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill movie The Watch. I knew going in this would be far from family-friendly. After all it does carry an R rating for a very good reason. This is not a family-friendly movie, it does not pretend to be a family-friendly movie, nor does it even attempt to be a family-friendly movie. While it’s not as rude and crude as I thought it might be – make now mistake – those involved with The Watch make no attempts to make this remotely suitable for family viewing.

The best way to describe this movie is a mash-up of all those alien movies that have gone before. The alien in The Watch bears a strange similarity to the alien from the movie  Alien. There are even a number of alien “drool all over your face” scenes very reminiscent of scenes from  Alien. Then toss in alien motifs from the likes of Independence Day, Men in Black and possibly a few flashbacks to War of the Worlds and you end up with what could have been a Saturday Night Live spoof of various alien movies throughout time.

For it’s debut weekend this movie was edged out of the number two box office spot by a very narrow margin of point three million dollars. The latest Ice Age movie beat The Watch by that very narrow margin to grab the number two spot sliding this alien spoof to the number three spot on the weekend box office. I have a feeling this has to do with the fact that right now nothing can touch The Dark Knight Rises and the R rating for The Watch limits the audience some.

Overall The Watch falls into the category 0f – “Don’t take it too seriously”. The acting is sub-par, the script sub-par, the film-making sub-par and the plot line sub-par. While I did laugh from time to time through the one hour 40 minute flick, I must also admit the laughs were few and far apart.

Maybe avoid this show,

Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.